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the US government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interest.

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Started: 8/29/2016 Category: People
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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round 1: accepting debate only
round 2: state case
round 3: rebuttal
round 4: conclusion


I believe humanitarian aid to refugees ARE a national interest.
Debate Round No. 1


Thank you for accepting! I am looking forward to a fun debate. If you would allow me to lay down a couple of ground rules for the debate
1. please always give me sources, if you dont I can assume you did not use any and your argument is invalid.
2. Please be kind, we are debating not fighting. If you show me respect I will do the same towards you.
3.The bible is not a valid source.

Contention 1: why we are not morally obligated to help.

The flow of asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq has now overwhelmed even Germany, which on Sunday decided to temporarily close its border with Austria

Just last week, Germany was Europe's most vigorous champion of the refugees. But the numbers have swelled in recent days, with Germany taking in more than 50,000 in the past week alone. It expects to reach at least 800,000 by the end of the year "" by far the most in the 28-nation EU.

This is just one example of how the number of refugees is HUGE should we really put that many strangers before those from our own country that are in need? We need to prioritize.

But until recently, growing numbers of conflict-generated internally displaced people often fell through the cracks. While primary responsibility for the internally displaced has always rested with their governments, often those states are either unable or unwilling to help. Recognizing this, the humanitarian community today generally views the internally displaced as equally deserving of protection and assistance.

I agree with this however I believe that the governments time and money should be going towards the homeless and starving people of our nation before we start helping others. There are still people from and in our country lacking there humanitarian need to lets put them first.

Contention 2: Many countries including our own can not afford a large influx of refugees.

Recent estimates place the total number of Syrian refugees in Jordan at over 500,000. Zaatari refugee camp has become the fourth largest city in Jordan by population""it may not be much of a home, but each refugee costs the Jordanian government 2,500 dinars ($3,750) to host per year. The cost of Syrian refugees is putting a tremendous strain on the economy.

The American government is broke. The national debt is nearing $17 trillion, including nearly trillion-dollar deficits for the past four years. Is the President expecting to finance this war by borrowing more money from China or getting the Federal Reserve to fire up the printing presses once more? No one who is calling for war with Syria is talking about how this will be paid for.

At an interview President Obama was asked this question

You know the numbers, $1.7 trillion debt, a national deficit of $11 trillion. At what point do we run out of money?

and he replied with...

Well, we are out of money now

Contention 3: Giving aid could give great threat to the safety of our community

Intervention could cause World War III.

Syria is a strong ally with Iran. Iran and Syria have support from Russia and China, and that support could extend beyond just their votes on the UN Security Council. The chain of events leading to WWI began with a lone gunman assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Will WWIII start by "limited" U.S. military intervention in the Syrian civil war?

Muslim extremists and jihadists pretend to be asylum seekers and apply for asylum in Europe, according to reports from intelligence and security services since the mid-1990s. The then Dutch Domestic Security Service BVD (now the AIVD) reported in May 1998 that radical Muslims from Tunisian, Egyptian and Algerian terrorist organizations had applied for asylum in the Netherlands. "These asylum seekers can count on the support of local sympathizers." And in April 2001 the BVD/AIVD warned of "Islamic war veterans" posing as people who "are looking for asylum or illegal migrants who seek refuge in Western countries who will continue the fight or support it."

when someone arrives at the border (or at an airport), she can request asylum. Rather than admit her into the U.S., the alien is usually detained and scheduled for a "credible fear" interview"a preliminary evaluation of eligibility for asylum. The large majority of aliens "pass" the credible fear interview. Their cases are then transferred to an Immigration Judge and"in most, but not all, cases"they are released from detention. Aliens who do not pass the credible fear interview are deported.

In 638 credible fear interviews, conducted since October 2013, the alien said something or the U.S. government had some information that may have implicated a Terrorism-Related Inadmissibility Ground ("TRIG"). This could have been something relatively benign or something of great concern

It is for these reasons I urge a con ballot.
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